Next Meeting: The PIMC Engaging the Dharma Initiative (Sun., 12/2/18, 1-2:30pm)

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Announcing the next meeting of the PIMC Engaging The Dharma initiative on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1pm, right after the Dharma gathering. We're going to build on the progress made in the inaugural meeting on 10/28. 

Thank you to everybody who took the time to attend the last meeting. It was heartening that the meeting was so well attended. In addition, Tricia has sent out an email to all those who originally said they would like to be a part of shaping this initiative but who could not make it to our meeting.

Before the 12/2 meeting, one very powerful thing you could do is participate in an excellent short course called Awakening the Dreamer, from the Pachamama Alliance. Tricia had talked about this briefly during the first meeting. The entire program takes about two hours and is broken into 4 segments. It can be done on your own time at your own pace. It’s a free offering from Pachamama:       
CLICK HERE       (scroll down towards the bottom for the online edition)
Tricia would be very happy to hear further thoughts from any of you regarding the meeting, its content, or what you would like to see happen in future meetings. Remember, this Initiative belongs to the entire sangha, and we all need to engage in making it happen and be what we would like it to be.
To contact Tricia, click on the follow link to send her an email:       TRICIA'S EMAIL ADDRESS     
If you're not familiar with this new PIMC program, it has grown out of a need felt by many in this sangha to engage compassionately with the larger world. With all the environmental challenges and social injustice we see in the world today, it becomes increasingly clear for many Buddhists that the path of engagement and action is becoming essential; that it’s important to add in their voices and perspectives, and work together with those striving for a better world. Engagement provides the opportunity to create the world we want to live in, both off the cushion as well as on it. To this end, PIMC is starting the "Engaging the Dharma" initiative.


If you were not able to attend the first meeting and want to catch up, the notes from that meeting are below.........................

Notes from 1st ‘Engaging the Dharma’ Meeting

(Sunday Oct. 28, 2018)

In answer to the question: What is most important to you in bringing about a more environmentally sustainable, socially just, spiritually fulfilling world? What qualities/principles can we bring as Buddhists (or followers of the dharma) to this?


•          The work starts inside, individually: small intentional shifts, taking a stand

•          Focus on love

•          Come to this work from the 5 precepts/compassion/loving kindness

•          What can I give instead of what can I get

•          What DO we want instead of what DON’T we want

•          Stewardship: caring for everyone and everything

•          Remembering a sense of oneness

•          Seeing “others” as equals; listening (NVC)

•          Get away from “us vs. them”

•          More communication with other sanghas

•          Bring folks together in projects

•          More racial diversity

•          Allow for different callings or passions

•          Pull not push on climate change work

•          Find ways to keep ourselves “resourced”

•          Provide resources for inspiration (books, videos, classes)


In answer to the question “Where do we go from here?” there were many ideas shared of organizations that we could join with that are doing great things, and some events coming up:


•          Citizen’s Climate Lobby

•          Buddhist Peace Fellowship

•          PSU SUN for nonviolent diffusion of tense situations

•          EMERGE

•          Working for the election of Charles Gallia (Oregon City district)

•          A Transgender Competency Training will be offered at PIMC later this fall

•          The Brentwood/Darlington Neighborhood Association (where PIMC is located) is requesting help with their Nature Park, Learning Gardens Lab, and with the issues surrounding Precision Cast Parts. (can someone provide the contact info?)

•          Volunteers needed to assist with the Dec. 1st screening of Compassion in Action at PIMC, both with publicity and day-of-show set-up/take down. Please contact Tricia Andersson if you can help. (Thank you KB, Margi and Crista for volunteering to help with set up)

•          Robert announced that he will be running a course in January based on the book Active Hope by Joanna Macy.

A contact list was created and sent out to everyone (thank you KB), and will be turned into a list serve by Doyle (thank you Doyle). We are hoping to create a tab on the PIMC website for announcements and inspiration regarding this initiative.

There was a suggestion that each person determine and commit to do one thing to further this work in their own lives.